Indiana University Health

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Indiana University Health
Formerly called
Clarian Health
Non-profit Organization
Industry Health care

Indiana University Health (formerly known as Clarian Health) is a not-for-profit, academic medical health center and is Indiana's most comprehensive healthcare system,[1] comprising more than 20 hospitals and health centers statewide. Its partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation’s largest medical schools[2] – gives IU Health patients access to the latest research and most innovative treatments and therapies.

In 2010, nearly 23,000 IU Health professionals delivered service through more than 135,000 admissions and more than 2 million outpatient visits.[3]


On January 1, 1997, Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children and Indiana University Hospital and Outpatient Center consolidated to form Clarian Health. Located in Indianapolis, the health system later grew to include multiple hospitals and health centers across the state.

On January 24, 2011,[4] Clarian Health held a special dedication ceremony to officially adopt its new identity — Indiana University Health.

The new name, Indiana University Health, more clearly defines the health system’s mission and statewide focus, and results from the most significant market and customer research in its history, which gathered insight from thousands of patients and their families, referring physicians and staff members across the state. Its new identity does not impact the existing corporate structure of the organization. Indiana University Health remains an independent, non-profit health system with the Methodist Church[5] and Indiana University Board of Trustees serving as corporate board members, and retains the same board of directors and president and chief executive officer.


Indiana University Health has a 13-member board responsible for ensuring the health system carries out the goals of its mission and for approving its budget, long-range plans, medical staff appointments, new services and major policies.

IU Health executive leadership includes:

  • Daniel F. Evans, Jr., president & chief executive officer: Evans was named president and CEO of IU Health in 2002. Prior to becoming president and CEO, he served as the health system’s chairman, and also served and chaired the Methodist Hospital Board of Directors. Evans serves on a number of boards and advisory committees including Indiana Health Information Exchange, Indiana Health Industry Forum, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Indiana Hospital Association, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis Board of Advisors, and the Indianapolis and Indiana Chambers of Commerce, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.[6] He is chairman of the Indiana Legal Foundation and Indy Partnership.
  • Samuel L. Odle, FACHE, executive vice president & chief operating officer: In addition to serving as the health system’s executive vice president and chief operating offer, Odle currently serves as a board member for ITT Educational Services, Inc.,[7] United Way of Central Indiana,[8] Jordan Foundation, Crossroads of America Boy Scouts Council and Methodist Health Foundation. He is also a past chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
  • Richard F. Graffis, MD, executive vice president & chief medical officer: Graffis was named executive vice president and chief medical officer in 2003. Prior to joining IU Health, he practiced general surgery in the private sector, which he continues to do on a limited basis. He was the first president of the IU Health Medical Staff and has served in a leadership position on nearly every committee at IU Health. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, the Indiana State Medical Society and the Western Surgical Association.
  • Linda Q. Everett, PhD, RN, executive vice president & chief nurse executive: Prior to joining IU Health as executive vice president and chief nurse executive in 2007, Everett was chief nursing officer at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. An active researcher, lecturer and speaker, she is widely published on nursing management and patient care topics.[9] In addition to her responsibilities at IU Health, she serves as associate dean for clinical affairs at the Indiana University School of Nursing.

University Health System Consortium[edit]

For four consecutive years, IU Health Methodist Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation’s best academic medical centers by the University HealthSystem Consortium.[10] Of 98 academic medical centers included in the analysis, IU Health Methodist Hospital is one of five to earn the Quality Leadership Award. Academic Medical Centers were assessed across a broad spectrum of care including safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient-centeredness.

Magnet designation[edit]

West Hospital, Bloomington Hospital, Goshen Hospital, La Porte Hospital, Methodist Hospital, University Hospital, and Riley Hospital for Children have been designated as Magnet hospital systems by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in recognition of excellence in nursing care.[11]


Indiana University Health hospitals include:

IU Health has two of three verified Level I Trauma Centers in the state of Indiana[12] - IU Health Methodist Hospital (adult) and Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health (pediatric). IU Health’s Trauma Centers include multidisciplinary teams of board-certified physicians, nurses and technicians available onsite to treat the most severely injured patients at all times. IU Health Arnett Hospital became Indiana's first level 3 verified trauma center in April 2013 [14]


  • Total admissions: 143,219
  • Total outpatient visits: 2,244,320
  • Total physicians: 3,707
  • Total full-time employees: 26,596 as of Dec'11 YTD
  • Total bed count: 3,326
  • Total fellows and residents: 1,124
  • Total research studies conducted: 1,359
  • Total grant research funding (fiscal year ’09-’10): $264,563,647


Indiana University Health is nationally ranked in 4 adult and 9 pediatric specialties for 2014-2015.[14] They are as follows:

Adult specialties

  • 42 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgry
  • 34 in Geriatircs
  • 29 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • 34 in Pulmonology

Pediatric Specialties

  • 40 in Cancer
  • 22 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • 21 in Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • 26 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • 22 in Nephrology
  • 40 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • 19 in Orthopedics
  • 17 in Pulmonology
  • 2 in Urology


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  4. ^ [4], WISH-TV (Jan 24). "Clarian Health is now known as Indiana University Health."
  5. ^ [5], Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church (
  6. ^ [6], U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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  8. ^ [8], United Way of Central Indiana
  9. ^ [9], Health Services Research at PubMed Central, Linda Q. Everett, Marita G Titler, Keela Herr, John M Brooks, Xian-Jin Xie, Gail Ardery, Margo L Schilling, J Lawrence Marsh, and William R Clarke, “Translating Research into Practice Intervention Improves Management of Acute Pain in Older Hip Fracture Patients."
  10. ^ [10], University HealthSystem Consortium Media Release
  11. ^ [11], American Nurses Credentialing Center
  12. ^ [12], American College of Surgeons Trauma Programs
  13. ^ [13],
  14. ^ "IU Health Rankings". U.S. News. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 

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